In this post-genomics era, biomedical research is rapidly moving in a direction that requires integration of related disciplines into synergistic, collaborative teams that can collectively address problems that cross disciplinary boundaries and lead to translation of research discoveries into products that alleviate human suffering and benefit the society. It is in this spirit, the Center’s research goals include developing highly sought-after biomarker-guided therapies and imaging agents, and facilitating the translation of our research discoveries into clinically useful diagnostic/therapeutic tools and agents. Participants in the Center include faculty members from core academic units such as Chemistry, Biology, Physics and the Neuroscience Institute as well as supporting units and programs such as Computer Sciences, Psychology, Mathematics and Statistics, and Molecular Basis of Disease.
The Center boasts extraordinary strength with four Georgia Research Eminent Scholars (Binghe Wang, Peng George Wang, Julliard Hilliard, and Jian-Dong Li), four Regents Professors (David Wilson, Dave Boykin, Phang C. Tai, and Teryl Frey), eight Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholars (Binghe Wang, Yuan Liu, Luis Liu, Zhen Huang, Aimin Liu, Donald Hamelberg, Irene Weber, and Ritu Aneja), and three recipients of the GSU Alumni Distinguished Professor award (Binghe Wang, Unil Perera, and Jenny Yang), which is the highest honor GSU bestows upon its faculty for research achievements. In collaboration with the Center for Biotechnology and Drug Design and component departments, the Center has strong facilities in NMR, MS, EPR, SPR, microscopy, ICP, and optical spectroscopy.
As an integral part the Center’s mission, CDT also offers excellent opportunities for student training for careers in the pharmaceutical industry. There are a large number of interdisciplinary research projects that offer fertile ground to train students for the future job market. Recently, the Center was awarded nine University Fellowships in the general area of diagnostics and therapeutics, which can be used to recruit high quality graduate students.
Overall, we are very excited about the opportunity to make major discoveries and advances toward new approaches of disease diagnosis and treatment.
If you have any questions, please e-mail us at CDT@gsu.edu.
Professor and GRA Eminent Scholar